THE BLUE MUST FLOW. Smart Code serves up another installment in their fluid puzzle series with Liquid Measure 3, where the goal is as simple in concept yet tricky to pull off as ever. Just get the required units of fluid from one container into all the others in each level, using pipes, splitters, overflow, and more. Drag the flashing containers and pieces around to where you want them, then flip the start/stop switch on the right side of the screen to see if your solution gets every drop where it's supposed to be, without causing an overflow. So far so standard, right? Well, what about teleporters? Magical mathematical multipliers? Even... uh... anti-matter bombs? Hmm. Look, I uh. I'm not saying I doubt your word that you're a plumber or anything, but can I see those credentials again?
Though Liquid Measure 3 doesn't do anything drastically different from its predecessors, in a time where games are sort of married to the concept of becoming more and more gimmicky in an attempt to innovate it's always great to see a game that proves a clever mind can make a simple concept just as engaging and challenging. While the last few levels here are absolutely bonkers and the game likes to trick you from time to time by giving you more pieces than you actually need, it's the sort of game that's just challenging enough to keep your brain working with math and water flow for a while. The downside is that some of the elements are annoyingly fiddly as to how they'll accept water (with a pipe or free-flowing?) and if you haven't played the original games, you're not going to know what an overflow tank is or how it works when it pops up. The teleporters and bombs add an interesting new wrinkle, but they're not actually used as much as the multipliers and standard splitters are. In a way, that's a good thing, since Liquid Measure is at its best when its tricking you up with simple math and a maze of pipes. You probably won't learn how to do your own plumbing through playing this, at least not in any way that wouldn't result in needing to make an emergency phone call to an actual plumber immediately afterwards, but Liquid Measure 3 is a fun puzzle experience that knows what it does best and how to deliver.
Thanks to Roland for sending this one in!